Lesson 2: UK Geography & History, Part 1
Compare similarities and differences between England, Scotland, and Wales. Identify England, Scotland, Wales, and capital cities on a map. Illustrate historical areas on a map.
Topic: UK geography and history
Time: 90 minutes
- Define goals for the semester.
- Compare similarities and differences between England, Scotland, and Wales.
- Identify England, Scotland, and Wales and each capital city on a map.
- Illustrate several historical areas on a map.
- Check goals in Homework notebook.
- Elicit ideas from the groups and draw a chart on the board.
- Check student maps.
- Observe map presentations.
- Optional: See the video on YouTube showing a demonstration of this lesson.
- Make one copy of the England, Scotland, and Wales Information for the teacher.
- Make one copy of the UK map example for the teacher.
- Make one copy of the Course Outline for each student.
- Make one copy of the Blank UK map for each student.
Warm up (15 minutes)
- Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question on the board (while you check the homework).
- "Do you think it is a good idea to speak only English in this class? Why or why not?"
- Discuss together as a class and take a poll.
Course Outline (20 minutes)
- Explain the procedures, rules, consequences, and rewards for the term.
Goals for the Semester (10 minutes)
- Ask students to think about the two questions and write their answers in their homework notebook.
- "What goals would you like to set for yourself in this class?”
- "How will you accomplish your goals by the end of the semester?”
Introduce Roles in group work (5 minutes)
- Ask the students to get into groups and choose a role.
- Explain the different roles (If there are only 4 people in a group, then the Facilitator can also keep track of time).
- Facilitator: leads the group discussion
- Note-taker: write things down as needed
- Reporter: presents information to the class
- English monitor: makes sure everyone is speaking English
- Time keeper: keeps track of how much time is remaining for an activity
Similarities and Differences between England, Scotland, and Wales (10 minutes)
- “What are the similarities and differences between England, Scotland, and Wales?”
- Ask the students to brainstorm similarities and differences (the note-taker should write down their ideas) for about 5 minutes.
- Elicit ideas from the groups. Draw a chart on the board displaying the students’ ideas.
Geography of England, Scotland, and Wales (20 minutes)
- Ask the students to fill in their maps with country names and capital cities.
- Ask the students to try to find 2 – 3 significant historical or geographical areas from the book. Label the areas on the map (e.g., location of battles, place of King Arthur or Robin Hood, northern and southern divisions, etc.).
- Ask the reporters to present their maps to the class.
Q&A (10 minutes)
- Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the unit.
- Read Unit 2 and write 3 questions or responses.
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